Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 40 points (-0.3%) at 14,679 as of Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,751 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 2.7%, Prologis ( PLD), up 2.2%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.8%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.7% and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Digital Realty ( DLR), down 0.86, and Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.53.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. KKR Financial Holdings ( KFN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, KKR Financial Holdings is up $0.32 (3.04) to $10.85 on average volume Thus far, 413,321 shares of KKR Financial Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.53-$10.88 after having opened the day at $10.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.53.

KKR Financial Holdings LLC, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty finance company with expertise in a range of asset classes. KKR Financial Holdings has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates KKR Financial Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full KKR Financial Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Howard Hughes ( HHC) is up $2.18 (2.42) to $92.42 on average volume Thus far, 82,157 shares of Howard Hughes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 200,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.92-$92.57 after having opened the day at $89.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.24.

The Howard Hughes Corporation is a real estate investment and development company, engaging in managing, developing, and leasing commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate. The firm invests in retail, commercial, and industrial buildings in United States. Howard Hughes has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Howard Hughes as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Howard Hughes Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is up $0.40 (1.10) to $37.26 on light volume Thus far, 315,189 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.76-$37.44 after having opened the day at $36.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.86.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.65 (2.11) to $31.40 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.82-$31.45 after having opened the day at $30.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.75.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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